[mythtv-users] [mythtv] Mythtv and HomeAutomation
george.galt at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 14:54:18 UTC 2008
On the "affordability" issue, you might look at Insteon products.
They are similar to X10 but because each device acts as a repeater,
they seem to handle interference better. The devices are at:
http://www.smarthome.com/_/INSTEON/_/23b/land.aspx and some
development info at http://www.insteon.net/pdf/insteondetails.pdf
(there is an SDK available too for about $200, but it's Windows
On Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 7:24 PM, Ronald Frazier <ron at ronfrazier.net> wrote:
> Note: I'm just replying on the user list, because A) I'm not sure this
> is a developer topic, and B) I know some people on some forums find
> cross posting really offensive. :-)
> > HVAC (8 zones)
> What exactly are you automating with this and how does it work?
> Presumably, you are interfacing with some type of programmable
> thermostat, right? If your server went down completely, the system
> would continue to operate on it's own without intervention, right?
> Otherwise, I'd hate to think of the damage that could occur if the
> system failed while you were away for a cold weekend (might not be an
> issue for your climate, but it is for mine).
> When you say 8 zones, I take that to mean you have motorized dampers
> that cut off heat to various rooms during times they aren't likely to
> be used. Correct?
> Also, I'm curious...what do you do with the doorbell and mailbox? Do
> you have a mercury switch on the mailbox lid to let you know when it's
> opened? Does the doorbell page you? Snap a photo from a camera
> security camera and email it to you? Do you have an intercom on the
> porch that you can do a voip thing from the office to talk to the
> person, to give them the impression that someone is home.
> I'm always fascinated to find out what sort of stuff people do with this.
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